By KBB.com Editors
The Milan is part of Mercury's revival plan and is aimed squarely at customers who place a premium on upscale styling both inside and out. Sharing its engines and chassis with the Ford Fusion (and thus with the Mazda Mazda6), the Milan wades into the lucrative midsize family sedan market with a sense of individual style and available all-wheel-drive capabilities that are not found with the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Offered with a choice of a fuel-efficient four-cylinder or powerful V6 engine, the Milan features enough diversity to satisfy all but the most hardcore driving enthusiast. With prices starting just below $20,000, the affordable Milan should appeal to fashion-conscious buyers who want to look good but don't want to spend a fortune doing so.
If you like a roomy sedan that does just about everything well, this Mercury is a sensible choice. Upscale amenities and premium interior touches help give it a distinct identity from its Ford Fusion cousin.
If you're looking for a sizeable rear seat capable of comfortably fitting three persons, the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or larger Mercury Montego make better choices. Those who desire V6 power and the ability to shift their own gears with a manual transmission should look to the Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
Traction control becomes standard on all V6 models, while all-wheel drive is offered for the first time. New standard features on all Milan models include anti-lock brakes (ABS), front seat side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags.
Driving Impressions Overall, the Milan is a tad more refined than Ford's Fusion. Although the ride is generally good, occasional hard bumps can produce harsher reactions than expected. Easy to drive, the...Milan doesn't lean much in curves and stays on course, but more enthusiastic drivers might prefer it to be more precise. Except for slight road noise on some surfaces, plus some engine noise during hard acceleration, the V6 Milan is impressively quiet. After moderate delay on initial acceleration, the Milan is eager to pass or merge, delivering ample energy in a steady flow. The automatic transmission is generally well-behaved, but low-speed operation can produce occasional uncertain jolts.
Premium touches are the main reason to buy a Milan rather than a Fusion, and two-tone upholstery helps give this sedan a stylish, additional inducement.
Dashboard Covered Tray
The Milan isn't alone in having a covered tray atop the dashboard center. Still, it's a handy extra space for small items.
The use of satin aluminum finishes and high-quality materials is meant to extend the appeal of the Milan's body into its five-passenger cockpit. Roomy and open-feeling up front, the Milan offers plenty of head and elbow space for the driver and front passenger. Seats aren't especially firm, providing modest bolstering and support. Backseat knee, toe and head space are ample at each side, but the center spot is a somewhat hard perch with scant headroom below the ceiling light. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. The extended back doors make entry easier for taller passengers.Exterior
Mercury says the Milan's design was inspired by large, modern cities. Signature styling cues start with the satin-finished aluminum "waterfall" grille, which has been a Mercury hallmark in recent years. This helps set the Milan apart from the Ford Fusion, which shares the same profile and structure. Built on a comparatively long (107.4-inch) wheelbase, the four-door sedan has a clean, modestly-adorned overall appearance, brandishing gentle curves as well as body lines that could be called "chiseled." Headlamps wrap up and over the sharply-creased front fenders. A bright chrome beltline accents each body side, and LED taillights promise quicker illumination.
The Milan comes nicely equipped and includes front-seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, speed control, a Securilock passive anti-theft system, power heated mirrors, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and power windows and locks. The standard six-speaker stereo plays MP3-encoded CDs and features an auxiliary input jack. Premier V6 models add fog lights, electronic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, six-disc CD changer and leather seating surfaces.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio, all-wheel drive (V6 only) and a DVD navigation system lead the options list for 2007. Other options include a two-tone interior, a power moonroof, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, an active perimeter alarm and puddle lamps. The interior can be dressed up with a Wales mahogany wood center panel, and four-cylinder models can be equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Like the Ford Fusion, Mercury's Milan has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and each engine is available in either the base model or the Premier edition. A five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic mates with the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 comes only with a six-speed automatic.
2.3-liter in-line 4
160 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
150 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31
221 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
205 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (2WD), 19/26 (AWD)
By Norma on Monday, June 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,750overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"my friend and I have gone to the west coast 2 times now. It got 27mpg. on hwy. . Handled as good as any car eather one of us have eavey had."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By babyroy on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Interior poor quality. Clear coat breakingdown. Air conditioning takes a long time to cool car.that's a big deal in south Florida.not enough sound deadening,road noise level high. Poor gas mileage. 15 around town, 22 on highway."
By Bevey on Friday, March 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,250overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I love this car . It is easy to drive, I get good mileage and very reliable, I am sorry they no longer make this model and brand."
9 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By grovel on Friday, March 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "dependable, responsive"
Cons: "fuel economy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"So far haven't had that many problems with it. Fuel efficiency could improve though, however it is a 6 yr old car. Drove it in the snow without any problems whatsoever, AWD worked great! Resale value is better than my wife's car that is a year younger. It still has everything a premium car would need so that helps. I think i'll keep this till the wheels fall off."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By crishan on Saturday, March 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I had this car for 5 years. It gets great gas mileage. It has been to the repair shop exactly twice for minor issues. I did all the oil changes myself. This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. Couldn't be happier with it"
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By 99to31 on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "beautiful design, great acceleration (V6 3.0)"
Cons: "inferior brake life; cheap interior door handles"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Very attractive exterior, classy/sporty at the same time. Decent but not great gas mileage (20 in town/24 interstate). Good acceleration with V6 3.0 engine if you need to pass. Roomy legroom for backseat passengers. (My 6'3" husband got cramped in front on long trips, tho). Decent sound from standard music system. Good heat/AC system. Comfortable, reliable car but a few minor problems: (2 of the 4 interior/overhead handles to assist on getting out of the car broke soon after we got the car; the locking mechanisms on interior of car doors are cheaply made; a rattle in the dash area could never be found)"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful